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About Colin Galbraith


Colin Galbraith was born in Paisley in 1973 and raised in Bridge of Weir in the west of Scotland. He has been writing fiction since 1999.

Galbraith has always had a predilection for writing and as a child could often be found penning short stories and poems, and talking about becoming a journalist.

Over the years other things got in the way putting paid to those ambitions; after taking a degree in Business Information Technology at Paisley College of Technology, he began an office job in 1995 and forgot about writing altogether.

It wasn’t until 1999 that Galbraith picked up the pen once more. After being given a copy of Paul Auster's biography, Hand to Mouth, a creative fire was sparked reminding him of his desire to write. Galbraith enrolled on a creative writing course at the Open College of the Arts that same year, and two years later, embarked on an his own literary adventure.

Colin first saw publication in 2004 in the now defunct This Is It Magazine, with a short story entitled ONCE A BORDERER. Further short story publishing successes came with UNDER THE SKIN (Wildchild Publishing - 2006), HEART OF A CHILD (The Scruffy Dog Review - 2006), ON A MONDAY MORNING (Static Movement - 2006), LETTING GO (Open Wide Magazine - 2010), REGRETS (The Dublin Quarterly - 2011), and BUZZ (Flashes in the Dark - 2011).

Throughout this period Galbraith also began to write poetry, publishing several chapbooks through Edinburgh-based Smashing Press, and under the alias Chas Stramash: FRINGE FANTASTIC (2005), POOLSIDE POETRY (2007), SILLY POEMS FOR WEE PEOPLE (2010), POEMS FROM A COFFEE SHOP WINDOW (2012) and LIVING LEITH (2014).

Galbraith loves writing thrillers though, and in 2004 his first attempt at a crime novel was sold to US-based publisher, KIC. HUNTING JACK was released as a weekly serial and was mildly successful.

Readers had to wait eight years, however, for Galbraith’s next release. It came in January 2012, when Smashing Press published Galbraith’s first full-length novel, SLICK.

But Galbraith also had other ideas in the form of paranormal fiction, and In 2009 he was delighted when Eternal Press published his first paranormal mystery, a novella entitled STELLA. The sequel, BACCARA BURNING, was released by Smashing Press in 2013.

After living in Leith for 15 years, Colin is now happily settled in South Queensferry with his wife and soulmate Amanda and their two bunny rabbits (Lulu & Crumble). When he’s not writing or at his day job, Galbraith enjoys eating out, wine, whisky, the theatre, fly and sea fishing, but more often than not, a home-made curry, a good film and a box of Maltesers.

Colin Galbraith is a joint owner of St Mirren Football Club, a proven rabbit tamer and an outstanding fake faller.